"Please choose valid directory" issue on iPhone

Can you please explain the scenario on iOS when trying to open a new graph it only lets you open a folder that has the Logseq icon?

In my case I’ve created a graph on desktop and saved it to a folder which I share with my iPhone via the Syncthing service. My desktop Logseq app can open that folder, but when I try open that folder from Logseq on my iPhone I’m told to choose a valid directory?

How do I work around this?


I don’t use Syncthing, but a part of that is because I did not think it was even available in the App Store?

In any case, there is no way to get around the iOS requirement that your Logseq graph be stored in the Logseq icon folder. Apple sandboxes apps as a security measure, and I don’t think there’s any way around it without voiding your warranty.

In general, the preferred method is syncing with Git, avoiding any cloud service.

Most people use the Git Sync 101 guide which advises iOS users to get Working Copy, but if $20 isn’t worth it (I balked for days, then caved after remembering worse spends) there is also this free, if more technical, git method for iOS using a-shell.

met the same problem, have you solved it :sob:

My understanding is that the Logseq sync works, but I have the same issue. The desktop app opens the remote graphs but when you try to open a remote graph on ipad it asks for a valid folder. I choose the folder with the logseq logo on it and it gives a bunch of errors saying that files already exist.

Hope this is helpful?

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I had a problem about choosing directory before. https://www.reddit.com/r/logseq/comments/ymi6t3/comment/iv80zs3

Not sure if these steps could help

delete the app
go to Files to manually delete all related files
Update iOS to 16.1 (and reboot, obviously)
open Files, this time I could see files created by other apps in “On My Phone”
Reinstall logseq


  1. Sync the folder via Syncthing ( Möbiuis Sync)
  2. Move your synced logseq folder in the default logseq folder (has logseq icon)
  3. Go to Syncthing and remove the synced logseq folder
  4. Sync your folder again but now with the Path inside the logseq-folder with the icon

Thanks Betty. Before I dive into this, just checking that you have tested with iphone (not android)?

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I used my iPad (iOS 16.2)

This is helpful to me! Just make any foleder under iCouldDrive/Logseq the source folder.

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I’m not sure I quite follow the steps?

Step number 2 - how did you move it? The Files application? Did you copy the folder to another location, then delete the original, then sync?

And does the sync continue to work after this?